Topps released a preview of their 2015 set the other day, and yesterday Jim over at The Phillies Room released a preview of his 2015 Chachi set, so I thought I might get in on the action as well.
For those of you who have not followed this blog through prior offseasons, I’ve been doing a custom set I call “TSR Hot Stove”. The general idea is to show guys “photoshopped” into new uniforms and the like, while giving me the opportunity to flex some creative muscles and play with my Paint Shop Pro software.
If you’re curious about the prior sets, go up to the top, click on the “Galleries Of Custom Cards” tab, and scroll down to see the 2013/14 set (which was based on 1959 Bazooka) and scroll down even further to see the 2012/13 set (which was based on 1960-1962 Bazooka).
I like the idea of using a vintage “oddball” set for the design, but I don’t really care as much for the other vintage Bazooka designs. As a result, I’d been toying with using the design from 1974 Kellogg’s for my 2014/15 Hot Stove set.
The one thing I wasn’t thrilled about was the lack of team identification, and also the fact that it shows only the player’s last name (something I’ve never cared for).
To see what I might be able to do with this, I first made a Bartolo Colon prototype without changing things a whole lot… sort of a “proof of concept” Here’s what I got.
The only thing I changed from the original design was altering the text at top to read “2-D SUPER STARS”, just to acknowledge the fact that I’m not quite good enough at this to completely simulate the lenticular “3-D” effect.
I was pretty happy with that custom, so I went back later and decided to expand the box the name goes in, and add in the first name in a smaller font, kind of like Topps did in their 1974 set.
Just for fun and to give myself and all of you an idea of what this might look like “in production”, I went and looked at a list of prospective free agents, picked one of the bigger names and made a not-unreasonable guess as to where he’d end up.
Here’s the second prototype:
To fit the full name in, I made the box slightly taller, but I doubt that one could even tell without measuring.
So… what do you think? Are you OK with the liberties I’ve taken, or do you prefer that I stay faithful to the original? I’ll be honest, I’m still going back and forth on that.
But what’s more important right now is “Would you want to see more of these from November through February?” I hope so, because as of right now I don’t have a “Plan B”.